Delaware Valley College capital campaign reaches $45.7 million

Sep 23, 2013

Diamonds at the 1896 Gala

Vice President for Institutional Advancement Joseph Erckert, Elizabeth Diamond, College President Dr. Joseph Brosnan, and Honorary Trustee Dr. James Diamond '61 at the 1896 Society Gala where the Diamonds' $1.5 million gift to support the operation of the Life Sciences Building was announced on Sept. 19.


Despite challenges in higher education, Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, Pa., is rolling out new academic programs, constructing a new Life Sciences Building, improving facilities and moving toward university status because of the remarkable support of its alumni and friends.

 DelVal is well on its way to reaching its $50 million goal for its Realizing the Vision capital campaign.

At a celebration at Rose Bank Winery in Newtown, Pa. on Thursday, Sept. 19, the College announced that $45.7 million in gifts and pledges has already come in to support the campaign, which runs through 2015. DelVal announced two new gifts at the event, which will support the Life Sciences Building and athletics.

The first gift, $1.5 million in support for the new academic building, came from Honorary Trustee Dr. James Diamond, a 1961 alumnus of the College, and his wife, Betty. The gift will support the operation of the Life Sciences Building, which is scheduled to open by the spring 2014 semester. With this latest gift, Dr. Diamond became the largest single alumni donor in the institution’s history–with $2.5 million in gifts.  A wing in the new Life Sciences Building will be named The James E. and Elizabeth R. Diamond Wing in honor of the couple’s exceptional support of the College. This wing will contain classrooms, labs and a conference room that overlooks the quad.

“Jim and Betty have consistently supported our growth giving generously both through their time and financial support,” said College President Dr. Joseph Brosnan. “Delaware Valley College is moving forward at such a rapid rate because of the remarkable generosity of supporters like the Diamonds.”

At the gala, the College also announced an anonymous six-figure gift to fund a new Division III tennis program, which will help DelVal compete for students.

“These last few years have resulted in amazing progress,” said Dr. Brosnan at the celebration. “In 2010, we received a phenomenal $31 million gift from Betsy Gemmill and her family, which allowed us to move forward with much of this progress we’re seeing today and since then, we have been building on that excitement and  momentum.”

The years since the gift from the Gemmill family have truly been a transformative time for the school.

 The College’s strategic plan is delivering results including: The new Life Sciences Building; a new multi-sport turf field, which was dedicated in September; and new academic programs, which started this fall, including master’s degrees in counseling psychology and policy studies. The school is also moving toward university status, a goal it plans to reach by 2014.

Dr. Brosnan said that all of these accomplishments will translate into students who are more prepared to go out and improve their world.

“Your gifts result in strong citizens, successful careers, veterinarians, scientists, teachers and a small army of future alumni making the world a better place,” said Dr. Brosnan.

 He said the College has come a long way in the past six years, but that it plans to do even more.

 “We have met the old challenges, and we will meet the new ones,” said Dr. Brosnan. “In many respects, the hardest work lies ahead, but our expectations are high.”